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Eagles News: Where Philadelphia ranks in under-25 talent

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/7/21.

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Ranking all 32 NFL teams by their under-25 talent: Which teams have the most and least blue-chip players? - ESPN+
Quarterback Jalen Hurts (age 23) didn’t have enough pass attempts to qualify for ESPN’s official QBR ranking, but his QBR of 41.2 would have ranked him next-to-last. Wide receiver Jalen Reagor (age 22) ranked 83rd out of 87 qualified wide receivers in DVOA. Lining up across from Reagor this year will be Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, also 22 years old. Running back Miles Sanders (age 24) leads the backfield; Sanders had a positive rushing DVOA last year, which given the state of the rest of the Eagles offense was somewhat of a miracle. Similar to their division rivals in Dallas, the Eagles have a lot of young offensive linemen who got experience due to injuries in 2020 but won’t necessarily be starting in 2021. That includes 24-year-old tackle Jordan Mailata, 23-year-old guard Nate Herbig, and 24-year-old tackle Jack Driscoll. They’re joined along the line by 22-year-old center Landon Dickerson, this year’s second-round pick.

8 winners, 7 losers, and 4 IDKs from the second set of Eagles training camp practices - BGN
If the Eagles didn’t sign Steve Nelson, ZMP would be the clear favorite to start at cornerback across from Darius Slay. The rookie fourth-round pick made a lot of plays on the ball this week. He also had some good reps as a run defender. I can’t recall any reps where he got beat really badly. ZMP currently projects as the top backup on the outside behind Nelson and Darius Slay. He has college experience playing in the slot but the thinking here is that Josiah Scott will be the top backup behind Avonte Maddox in that role. But even if he doesn’t contribute much this year, ZMP could be a future starter. He’s having the best training camp by an Eagles rookie DB since Jalen Mills in 2016.

Above the Nest with Raichele #20: Jalen Reagor bounces back, Zech McPhearson showing out and Eagles injury updates - BGN Radio
Raichele Privette runs through the latest training camp updates including Jalen Reagor’s impressive one-handed catch, rookie Zech McPhearson standing out and she expresses why the Eagles should not trade for Deshaun Watson.

Eagles’ short training camp practices designed for player availability in real games - PhillyVoice
Under Doug Pederson, training camp practices were routinely around two and half hours in duration, and sometimes approached three hours. Through the first eight practices under new head coach Nick Sirianni, practices have been notably shorter, oftentimes ending after around an hour and 15 minutes. It’s also noteworthy than in the first seven practices of training camp, the Eagles had two “maintenance days” — basically, days off — for their older veteran players. Why? So they’ll be healthy for Week 1. “All that goes down to player health and I’m not the expert in that,” Sirianni said on Thursday. “So myself and our strength staff and our training staff and our doctors and Howie Roseman, we all get together and we talk about how do we keep those guys — we have so much ability on the field — how do we keep them available, right? If they are not available, that ability is worth nothing. That’s just a part of the design as far as the length of practices, but when we are out here working, the standard is set very clear of how we want practice to be. We feel like we’re out here and enough of what we want to be out here as far as to keep the guys healthy, but when we’re out here, we’re going and practicing hard.”

Eagles have strength in numbers in RB room - PE.com
Two veterans are very much in the mix of things – Jordan Howard returned to the Eagles last season and re-signed in the offseason, and Kerryon Johnson was claimed off waivers from Detroit in the spring. Both have something to prove – Howard that he can return to the form he showed with the Eagles in 2019 when he gained 525 yards and scored six touchdowns on the ground in 10 games and Johnson that he is healthy and the same player who was so dynamic for Detroit when he was healthy for parts of 2018 and 2019. Both have their skill sets – Howard is a downhill runner who excels in short yardage, and who is in terrific shape and intent on proving that he’s the all-around back who was among the NFL’s most productive in his three seasons with the Bears before coming to Philadelphia. Johnson is a slashing, physical back who can catch the football and is one of the sturdiest players at his position in pass protection.

Reagor, Watson and JJAW in Roob’s training camp observations - NBCSP
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside spoke to the media for 14½ minutes on Wednesday. He spoke about his career so far — which has been tremendously disappointing for anybody, much less a second-round pick — and he kept talking and talking and talking and trying to explain why this year would be different than his first two NFL seasons, and the more he spoke, the more I just couldn’t help thinking this is a kid who desperately needs a fresh start somewhere else. I mentioned a week ago how uncluttered Jalen Hurts’ mind is and how that allows him to go out and play free and easy. JJAW is the opposite. He has so many theories and ideas and hypotheses rattling around his head, I feel like it bogs him down. I’m starting to think his only chance to ever be a productive WR is to free his mind, drop all the theories, stop overthinking everything and just go out and play football. I still think he has a chance to be a player, but I just don’t think it’s going to happen here.

BRB Groupthink: Picking Through the Deshaun Watson Trade Rumors - Battle Red Blog
This past week was a whirlwind of Deshaun Watson news. He headed to training camp masked up, participating as a scout team safety, and a fourth string quarterback. His ankle was examined later in the week. When the pads came on he disappeared. Back to the caves of discontent and trade requests. Around this time, news came out the Eagles were interested in Watson, working to make a deal happen, and then poof, those rumors dissipated. The newest thing is the Texans expect Watson to play for them this year. What’s true or isn’t, no one knows, but as we know, where there’s smoke there’s usually a fire. With recent rumors that the Eagles are in talks to acquire Deshaun Watson—whether true or untrue—Houston’s quarterback could be on the move. What do you think about Jalen Hurts, what would a possible Houston-Philadelphia trade look like, and would you be ok with a trade like this?

Fitzpatrick, the Washington Football Team, and Pressure - Football Outsiders
This is partly why they call him Fitzmagic. More important than his big throws, however, was Fitzpatrick’s ability to limit mistakes—he only threw two interceptions under pressure, and gave up just 14 sacks all season. (Haskins and Smith each gave up at least 20 in fewer dropbacks than Fitzpatrick.) Fitzpatrick finished with a DVOA of 11.2% under pressure. That wasn’t just the best mark in 2020, it’s the best mark in our record books, which in this case go back to 2010. It’s just the sixth time that a quarterback has had a positive DVOA under pressure. He’s also the first quarterback in our books to average more yards with pressure than without it.

Big Blue View mailbag: Gunners, Kool-Aid, offensive line, more questions - Big Blue View
Now, to answer your question. I think Joe Judge is the biggest reason to be optimistic about the Giants’ future. Some might bristle at his old-school methods, but players have bought in, they seem to both like and respect the man. I think he could be Giants head coach for a long run. I think this roster is the best one the Giants have put together in a while. There are questions and they still need to keep adding to it, but I look at it and I see players at every position who are at least capable NFL players.

Winners, losers, and honorable mentions from the Dallas Cowboys preseason opener in the HOF game - Blogging The Boys
Winner: Micah Parsons. An easy way for a defensive player to make the winners list in any game, preseason or otherwise, is to get your hands on the football. Micah Parsons was the only person who did that on Thursday night. Being in the right place at the right time is not exactly a skill, but Parsons did more than recover a fumble. He showed the right amounts of speed and athleticism that saw him regarded as a top draft pick a few years ago. Seeing this right away was some much-enjoyed justification.

James Washington reportedly requests a trade from the Steelers due to lack of playing time - Behind The Steel Curtain
At the same time, if the Steelers get a team who would want to trade for Washington, it could work out in the Steelers’ favor. The fact remains Washington is buried on the depth chart behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. On top of that, Washington is in the final year of his rookie contract. With it highly unlikely the Steelers re-sign Washington, getting something for him could be viewed as a win.

Kirk Cousins wanted to surround himself with plexiglass rather than get vaccine - SB Nation
The Minnesota Vikings just lost three members of their quarterback room for several days of training camp after rookie QB Kellen Mond tested positive for Covid. Starter Kirk Cousins and reserve Nate Stanley were deemed to be in close contact with Mond, and were forced to sit out under the league’s protocol. While they were out, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer expressed his disappointment with Cousins and other members of the team who weren’t vaccinated, saying “I just don’t understand. I think we could put this thing to bed if we’d all do this, but it is what it is.”

NFL Reacts #1: Preseason football! - The SB Nation NFL Show
Welcome to the very first edition of NFL Reacts! Stephen Serda of Arrowhead Pride and Kate Magdziuk of Draftkings Nation sit down to discuss some of the most popular preseason questions heading into the 2021 NFL season. There was a real-life NFL game on television last night! Best free-agent acquisition? Most anticipated rookie? Top fantasy pick on their favorite team? Record prediction? Which rookie QB will be the most successful in Year 1? How will your favorite team’s division shake out this year? Way-too-early Super Bowl prediction?

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